NALSAR and RDI Establish Exclusive Centre for Land Rights

To address the lack of implementation, assistance and even awareness of land laws for rural families in India, the state government of Andhra Pradesh, NALSAR University of Law, and Landesa’s partner in India, RDI, are establishing a Centre for Land …
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Pioneering Women Support Centers announced in Ganjam to focus on land rights

Women Support Centres will act as a single window delivery system to allocate land to women under various state laws and schemes; generate awareness amongst women about their legal rights to land.
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Paralegals in Andhra bring land and food security to tribal families

It was a deal struck almost 40 years ago by a poor, illiterate farmer, driven by desperation after a drought wiped out his crops and left his family close to starvation. The agreement: 10 acres of land, the size of …
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Odisha’s 500,000 tribal families set to receive land titles in next five years!

In a major breakthrough promising land titles to about 500,000 tribal families in Odisha, the state government has announced a massive extension of its flagship homestead scheme based on Community Resource Persons (CRPs) – a model developed by Rural Development …
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Advocacy success in Karnataka opens access to rural housing scheme

In an important breakthrough for the rural homeless in Karnataka, the state government has changed eligibility norms for access to national and state housing support schemes for families with small pieces of agricultural plots. Rural Development Institute’s Karnataka team had …
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After 65 years of insecurity and struggle, tribal families get right to their land

Thousands of tribal families are living for generations in Odisha on lands for which they do not have recognized legal title. Ninety eight such families have recently received ownership titles after 65 long years of suffering and struggle and with …
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Land ownership boosts climate resilience in India

In the hamlet of Kharibandh in Ganjam, a coastal district in Odisha, 13 households of the Sabar tribal community each received title to 400 square metres (0.1 acres) of government land two years ago. The families had lived in Kharibandh …
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Odisha tribal families get homestead titles

For 92 landless tribal families from Korapot in Odisha, it was a day that marked beginning of a journey towards dignity and economic independence, as Governor Muralidhar Chandrakant Bhandare presented titles for homestead land. Though subdued in their responses, the sparkle …
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Land rights for women means better food for families

“Our homestead development programme has demonstrated that even small plots of land can enhance a family’s food security, improve nutrition and health, increase access to government extension services and programmes, augment existing income and result in better social capital,” says …
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Tribal fair becomes a messaging board for land rights awareness

Largely rural and tribal visitors to a popular festival in India’s Andhra Pradesh were in for a pleasant surprise this year. Not only did they receive blessings of the local deity like every year, but also got key information on …
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